Blackout Poetry

Hello there! Hope you are having a great weekend.

We have the very first project from Becca Cruger here on the blog today…

Do you hear that?
If you listen really closely, no matter where you are in the world, you can hear the sound of my happy dancing.

Why? Because it’s my very first post as an official member of the Visible Image design team and I am over-the-moon excited to show you what I made with their stunning products.

I’ve shared my love of blackout poetry a couple of times through my blog, though mostly share these pieces on my Instagram account.

But when I got my inky hands on the Face It! set from Visible, I couldn’t help but to want to make a blackout poetry set. Drawing eyes and mouths are my least favorite thing, so it makes me sooooo happy to finally have a fool-prove face-making method!

If you’re unfamiliar with blackout poetry, let me explain. To create a blackout poem, you find a phrase or “poem” you want to highlight using the words on a book page (in this case, I’m using Homer’s “The Odyssey”). Finding the right phrase can be a lot trickier than it looks!

Once you’ve identified your words, scribble around them to make them pop out.

Once I had my poem, I used my Misti to stamp eyes, nose and lips.

Kind of creepy to have a face staring out at me from my Misti. 🙂

Next, I used the Strobes stencil and inked it up with a black pen and outlined where the rest of my drawing would go.

I sprinkled the sunburst with yellow and orange Ken Oliver Color Burst crystals and used a very, very slightly damp brush to spread the color. You don’t want to use too much water because the pages of books are very thin and they will warp easily.

I painted up an abstract flower hairpiece using a variety of purple paints and white gesso.

I painted her hair with colorburst crystals, and added detailing to the facial features.

The whole blackout poem reads:
“All that dwelt around were
Of Heart
Threatened to Raise
The Sky”

Products Used:

Face it

Strobes stencil

I hope you love my project today!

Really cool page Becca! So arty, and love the poetry! Thank you ♡

You will find more of Becca’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.

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We will be back later with stunning inspiration from Veerle Moreels.

Mark & Helen xx

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